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CRRL Presents: Mary Jane Bohlen, Inspiring Artist and Teacher

This interview airs beginning January 27.
Mary Jane Bohlen's work delights all who view it. From printmaking and papermaking to painting and sculpture there is always something new to explore and appreciate and her teaching is legendary. Before her move to Rhode Island, Debby Klein met with her to talk about her long career in Fredericksburg.

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

Postcards Coming In!

Postcards voicing support for fully funding the 2010-2011 library budget request are coming in from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Westmoreland, and beyond!
See what some of our supporters have to say about the importance of the library in their lives:

Cafe Book Walker Grant: Top Teen Picks 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The votes are in! Cafe  Book teens at Walker Grant Middle School have picked their favorites books from a list of 20 books.

Top Pick: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Other Favorites:

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch
Scat by Carl Hiassen
Somebody by Nancy Springer
The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner
Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen

Newbery Medal Winner: "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead has won the 2010 Newbery Medal!

When You Reach Me, set in 1979, is about a twelve-year-old New York City girl who is in the midst of reading A Wrinkle in Time when she begins to receive a series of mysterious notes from an anonymous source that seem to defy the laws of time and space.

Rebecca Stead is also author of First Light, about New York City boy who accompanies his parents on a research trip to Greenland where he meets a mysterious 14 year-old girl named Thea who lives below the ice.

See the other award-winning children's books!

"Going Bovine" Goes Big!

Going Bovine by Libba Bray received the Michael L. Printz Award this morning at the American Library Association's midwinter conference in Boston. (That means some of the country's top librarians think this is the best young adult book published in 2009!)

Going Bovine  is about Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital, in an attempt to find a cure. Better yet, let Libba tell you about the book in her own words:

 

Children's & Teen Book Award-Winners

Winners of the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Printz Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and more were announced this morning at the American Library Association's midwinter conference in Boston.

See the list of 2010 Award-Winning Children's Books and 2010 Award-Winning Teen Books.

For a list of winners for all ALA book awards, see this press release.
 

2010 Award-Winning Teen Books

National Book Award: Young People's Literature

www.nationalbook.org
Each November the National Book Foundation honors an outstanding book in each of the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
2010 Winner

The Atrium Gallery: The Students of Johnny Johnson

See works by the students of Johnny Johnson's Watercolor Workshop through January in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.

What does the CRRL mean to you?

In this Teen Council production, one of our teen library users tells us what the library means to her.